Houston mayor turns to bloggers for help rolling out city WiFi plan

Houston’s mayor Bill White has a plan for rolling out city-wide WiFi.  If the plan becomes a reality it will be the largest such WiFi roll out to date covering over 600 square miles.  City departments will get free WiFi while citizens are expected to pay a "low cost" for the service, which will literally cover the entire city using over 18,000 access points.  The city has solicited bids to build the network and the mayor is stumping for approval in a unique way.  Last night he sat on the front steps of city hall with a Tablet PC and had a chat with 35 invited Houston bloggers to solicit feedback and suggestions for the big plan.  This type of recognition for blogging and how we can provide sound input to city government is certainly unique and something I hope will continue.  TechBlog has all the information about the chat.  Michael Garfield, the "High-tech Texan" hosted the live chat for the mayor using his HP tc4200 Tablet PC and was happy to report the Tablet handled the 4+ hour event on battery power with no problems.  Mute your speakers before going to Michael’s site if you are at work as he has audio that automatically plays and you cannot turn it off.

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-jk

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